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Fla. advocate says mascot names discriminatory

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VENICE – A southwest Florida Native American advocacy leader has asked a high school and elementary school to change their mascot, saying the names and logos are discriminatory.

The Herald Tribune reports Sal Serbin, a Sarasota resident with Sioux lineage, made his case recently to the Sarasota County School Board. He said the Venice schools’ mascots, Indian and Little Indians, respectively, offend and exploit Native American culture.

Serbin says the feathered war bonnets worn by the Venice schools’ mascots don’t accurately reflect the regalia worn by Native Americans indigenous to Southwest Florida. Headdresses were historically worn by in the Great Plains region.

When contacted by the paper, the school board’s chair said it was too early to say if Serbin’s request would be added to an agenda.

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